January 6, The feast of the Epiphany, La Befana,

January 6 is traditionally celebrated and honored by both churches in the United States and Italy as The Feast of the Epiphany.

  • The Catholic Church remembers the visit of The Three Wise men to see the baby Jesus bringing him gifts of gold, incense and myrr as celebration of his birth.
  • Italia
    La Befana and The Feast of Epiphany.
  • It is an old tradition in Italy on January 5 to hang Christmas stockings in the kitchen window or on the fireplace for La Befana to leave gifts for the children while they are sleeping. La Befana is an old woman and does not want to be seen.
  • The Italian custom also says that the Befana leaves her gifts not just at one house, but she also visits grandparents’, uncles and other relatives homes; so at Epiphany, Italian houses are always full of people visiting and of children unwrapping gifts. Tables are laden with cakes and traditional drinks like punch (an alcoholic drink which should be served warm with a small lemon skin) or other Italian liqueurs, and everything is pervaded by a special atmosphere or peace and harmony.Many Italian families, on this day, usually have lunch together in order to spend one last day of fun and relaxation before returning to their daily routine and to work. ( gleni.it-an Italian blog)
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